February 25, 2022
Creamed Spinach Gratin is an easy yet elegant side dish to make whenever you are in pressed for time. You could make the creamed spinach ahead of time and pop it into the oven when you are ready to serve. Most versions call for frozen spinach which is what I would normally use as well. I’ve decided to experiment with fresh spinach today. Instead of thawing the frozen spinach and squeezing them dry, simply blanch the fresh spinach for about 15 seconds in boiling water. Rinse them with cold water and squeeze them as dry as possible. Whether you are using frozen or fresh spinach, it is important to remove as much water as you can to prevent your creamed spinach from being too watery.
January 11, 2019
May 17, 2017
So far, there’s no one I know who doesn’t like Som Tam. If you are not familiar with Som Tam, it is a staple item in every Thai restaurants’ menu. “Som” means sour and “Tam” refers to the method that is used to make this salad. Typically the dish uses green papaya, but green mango is a pretty popular choice here too. When I came across some green mangoes at the Thai Supermarket at Golden Mile Complex, I immediately grabbed half a dozen and came home immediately to make this Green Mango Salad. Oh, I also picked up this bag of Thai pickling garlic. They are smaller than normal garlic and the flavor is milder, which is usually used for Thai salads. You could substitute with any other garlic too...
January 27, 2017
Cauliflower is a vegetable that I often left out in the weekly grocery shopping list, unlike its cousin, Broccoli. Over the last couple of years, there is a steady health food trend of using cauliflower to substitute rice or starch. Since one of my New Year resolutions this year is to observe a healthier diet, I’m going to turn this superfood into a regular ingredient in my pantry. Besides roasting them in the oven, another quick and easy option is to turn them into “rice”. I’ve been seeing so many Cauliflower rice recipes all over the internet and was really intrigued to find out how it would taste...
January 25, 2017
New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, etc. 3 weeks into 2017 and it is time to start fulfilling one of my top resolutions – start eating healthier food. I chose kale as I’ve always been wanting to incorporate this cruciferous vegetable in my diet. Cruciferous vegetables are unique because they are rich in glucosinolates which support detoxification and greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer. However, Kale has a bitter and peppery taste which might not be appeal to some people. A great way to enjoy kale is to turn them into kale chips. If you are not a fan of Kale, then perhaps these crispy salt and vinegar kale chips will convert you!...
June 22, 2016
I’ve always thought every Singaporean loves Fruit Rojak but I was wrong. My brother is one of those non-Rojak lovers. Till today, I couldn’t understand how anyone does NOT like this sweet, tangy and sour fruit salad? I suspect it could be due to the prawn paste that goes into the dressing, which I admit, could be a little overpowering for some people. Now if you are clueless about what Fruit Rojak is, it typically consists of cucumber, jicama (bang guang), pineapple, beansprouts, taupok (fried beancurd), youtiao (Chinese crullers) and sometimes, dried cuttlefish. Everything is tossed together in a thick prawn paste dressing that is addictively (in my opinion) sweet and tangy. There are similar versions found in Malaysia and Indonesia but the addition of youtiao and taupok I think is uniquely Singapore style...
April 20, 2016
Stir-fry vegetables is really one of my favorite way to enjoy my greens. One of my all-time favorite vegetable is Kang Kong aka water morning glory/ water spinach. Even though making stir-fry greens is usually a no-brainer, making a decent plate of crunchy, fresh green colored Kang Kong requires a little attention...
March 2, 2016
The flavor profile of Thai Pomelo Salad is prominently sweet, sour and salty. If you follow the ingredients listed below, I seriously don’t think anyone could make a bad Som-O. The key ingredients are tamarind, fish sauce and sugar. Adding coconut cream / milk gives the dressing a silky texture which I adore very much...
January 1, 2016
My love affair with these Oven-Roasted Lady Finger Fries began years ago when I had them at one of my favorite Indian restaurants. I believe they are called Kurkure Bhindi (Spicy Deep Fried Okra). Traditionally, they are coated with spices and deep fried with chickpea flour. While the crispy thin bhindi are super delicious and addictive with every bite, it would be rather sinful to consume it on a regular basis...
December 30, 2015
When it comes to bell peppers, one of my all-time favorite cooking method is to roast these babies in the oven. Roasting brings out their natural sweetness while maintaining the nutrients. After 35 mins, you’ll be rewarded with a tray of sweet and juicy capsicum with velvety texture. These easy roasted bell peppers are perfect as a side dish, with salad or pasta, as a topping or simply on its own. Did I mention they are oh-so-ridiculously easy to make too?
October 28, 2015
Love your kimchi but wish to skip the whole fermentation process? Then this Instant Geotjeori (Instant Kimchi) is just for you. In less than an hour, you’ll be able to savor fresh and crunchy kimchi that is packed with sweet, salty, spicy and tangy flavor.
October 7, 2015
This homemade guacamole post almost did not make it to this page had it not been for my persistent 14-year old. Truth be told, I was reluctant and embarrassed. Oh, don’t get me wrong. This homemade guac is nothing but absolutely delicious and addictive. (If you are an avocado lover, you would know what I’m talking about. But if you are not, it’s never too late to try!) But because it is so ridiculously easy to prepare, I’m not sure if anyone would be interested...
September 9, 2015
Whenever someone mentioned salad, images of lettuce, cucumber and tomato flashed across my mind. Of course, there are more varieties other than those mentioned above but my cognitive development for salad is pretty much tuned to that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of greens and can’t live without them in my daily meals. Soba Noodles is made from buckwheat flour. Nutrition wise, they are high in fibre and low in GI (Glycemic Index) and calories. Taste wise, they are smooth, slippery and less dense than udon. Perfect for noodles lovers (like me!) who love their starch yet don’t want to feel too guilty when indulging in them regularly.
May 20, 2015
Arugula aka salad rocket is one of our favorite leaves when it comes to putting together salads. The Italians called them "Rucola". They have a warm, peppery taste which I absolutely fell in love with when I tried them more than a decade ago...
March 18, 2015
Few weeks ago, Sis brought our Dad for some shopping therapy and they ended with dinner at a Japanese restaurant in town. Ever since, Dad has been raving about this “salad with special sauce”, where he cleaned up two bowls of it at a go. Now, Dad has never been a fan of salad (In fact, who is? Unless we are on a diet...okok I speak for myself only) so I was really curious to what kind of sorcery the chef performed on that salad...
November 26, 2014
I could almost smell Christmas around the corner! Well, actually it is still a month away and technically, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow but since I’ve a few Christmas dinner parties lined up already, I’m wasting no time working on my menu! The thing about throwing dinner parties is we have to make sure most of the food could be prepared ahead of time, impress our guests and taste good at room temperature...
November 5, 2014
Mention Thai food and thoughts of Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken, etc spring to my mind. However, do you know the genres of Thai Food? I admit I wasn’t that well versed until a couple of years ago when one of my Thai friends gave me a quick rundown on it. Apparently, Thai food is categorized as Northern Thai, Southern Thai, Aahaan Dtaam Song (General Thai food) and Isan. I was very intrigued in finding out more about Isan food...
October 23, 2014
I would like to talk a little about my simple kimchi's post few weeks ago. It has generated several comments from the readers and the major concern was to let those marinated cabbage sit at room temperature for a couple of days before storing them in the fridge. Because we are staying in such a hot and humid country, foodstuff will usually go bad if we leave them out. That is a justified concern, I wouldn't risk leaving my kueh kuehs (our local cakes and desserts) or meat sauce out to go bad. However...
October 16, 2014
What happen if you find 2 potatoes sitting in your pantry and have absolutely zero will power to whip up a storm? I don’t know about you, but there are just days when I feel super lazy to cook anything fancy (just like writer’s block, is there such a word as cook’s block?), yet don’t want the ingredients to expire and go to waste. So I made potato salad! Found some other ingredients in the fridge which I thought would go nicely with the potatoes.
September 29, 2014
I'm a HUGE Kimchi fan. Be it baechu kimchi, kkakdugi, yeolmu kimchi, etc, I simply got to have it almost everyday. Looking at the amount of $$ I'm spending on kimchi, it makes economical sense for me to make it myself, right? After testing a few recipes, I found this to be the most easy-to-make and yummilicious version. The secret step here is making the flour paste. This step is optional but my Korean friend's mom told me it will bind the spices and absorbs better into the cabbage. Adjust the level of spiciness according to your taste bud.
September 12, 2014
As a cereal grain, Rice is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia. As an Asian, we grew up eating rice. According to the Rice Association, there are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice said to exist. They range from basmati to lemont and to arborio, from koshihikari to jasmine. In this recipe, I'm using Japanese rice (no, not from Fukushima). Feel free to use any other type of rice you fancy.
August 27, 2014
This is not your typical KFC coleslaw version. Sorry, mayonnaise lovers. I'll make it up to you all in other recipes. Red cabbage is also known as purple cabbage. The color comes from growing in acidic soils. Alkaline soil will produce greenish-yellow cabbages. Well, you get the idea. I prefer to use red cabbage instead of greenish-yellow cabbage in this recipe. However, if you can't get your hands on reddy, feel free to use good ol' greeny. :-)
August 25, 2014
After a heavy week of wine and dine, it is time to detox our bodies (at least for me!). I hereby pronounce this week to be "Salad Week"! Who says it is boring to have salads? Let's chase the Monday blues away with this delicious salad. A classic Caesar salad is a salad of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper. The BNF version does not use egg or croutons but rather anchovies and the irresistible bacon. To make it as a meal, protein such as grilled chicken or ham is added. Jerk Chicken is one of my family's favorite topping. Of course in these days, there are so many different versions, there is no right or wrong as long as they taste good, right?
August 18, 2014
I fell in love - Quinoa is the first name. Here is why. What is Quinoa? (pronounced as kin-wa). Quinoa is a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seed. The Incas held the crop to be sacred. Nutritional evaluations indicate that quinoa is a source of complete protein. I just simply acknowledged it as a superfood. Since discovering it earlier this year, Quinoa has been a staple source of grain in our household. You will find some really awesome quinoa recipes in BNF blog. In this post, I'm going to share with you this simple yet delicious salad. Toasted quinoa gives this crisp salad of cucumber, green onion and fresh coriander an oomph!